star wars burlesqueOn Saturday night, the Fempire struck back.

Courtney Cruz, the burlesque queen made legendary for her Star Wars show and the tattoo she inspired, took L.A. by storm (trooper) once again -- and this time it was personal.

Actually, as Cruz told Asylum, "This sequel was a parody of the first show." Featuring Cruz in a revised version of her instantly famous stormtrooper costume, the Music Box theater was jumping with nerdtastic joy. In addition to this change, Cruz "altered some characters and added some new ones," as she says. "A lot of the characters from the Star Wars movies are men. This time, we've feminized them a bit more, thanks to turning the blaster cannons into lipstick cannons and little touches like that."

Other acts included an entirely new performance featuring a woman done up as a TIE fighter. Yes, as in the ship from the three original films.
Keep reading to find out what happened with the original tattoo artist and Cruz's brilliant/nefarious plan for her next nerdcore burlesque show, plus some staggeringly sexy photos from the show.

"I didn't get to meet the guy who got the tattoo, but Bruce [the photographer] and I did meet and have become friends since then," says Cruz. She hopes to meet Kevin, the brave soul with the tattoo of Cruz's face, at the next show, since "it would be nice to meet the guy who put my face on his body, permanently." Nonetheless, it's at last a relief to learn that Kevin has no regrets and is also not creepily hanging around her every show, flashing his bicep and saying, "Look! Her! Look! There! Real her!"

Perhaps he'll want to get the other arm emblazoned with a photo of Cruz as Mr. Blonde, our guess for her next character.

"The show we're working on now is classic cult films," she informs us. "There will be characters from David Lynch, John Waters and Tarantino movies. I do have a character picked out for myself -- one of the guys from 'Reservoir Dogs,' although I'm not giving away which one."

While you mull that over, check out photos from the July 10th show and try not to get weirded out by the idea of the sexy droid you've been searching for dressing up as Harvey Keitel or Tim Roth.
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Star Wars Burlesque

Courtney Cruz performs as a Storm Trooper in Fempire Strikes Back: Star Wars Burlesque at The Music Box in Hollywood on July 10, 2010.

Star Wars Burlesque

Courtney Cruz performs as a Storm Trooper in Fempire Strikes Back: Star Wars Burlesque at The Music Box in Hollywood on July 10, 2010.

Star Wars Burlesque

Courtney Cruz performs as a Storm Trooper in Fempire Strikes Back: Star Wars Burlesque at The Music Box in Hollywood on July 10, 2010.

Star Wars Burlesque

Courtney Cruz performs as a Storm Trooper in Fempire Strikes Back: Star Wars Burlesque at The Music Box in Hollywood on July 10, 2010.

Star Wars Burlesque

Courtney Cruz performs as a Storm Trooper in Fempire Strikes Back: Star Wars Burlesque at The Music Box in Hollywood on July 10, 2010.

Star Wars Burlesque

Lucy Fur performs as C3PO in Fempire Strikes Back: Star Wars Burlesque at The Music Box in Hollywood on July 10, 2010.

Star Wars Burlesque

Lucy Fur performs as C3PO in Fempire Strikes Back: Star Wars Burlesque at The Music Box in Hollywood on July 10, 2010.

Star Wars Burlesque

Sin Fisted performs as R2D2 in Fempire Strikes Back: Star Wars Burlesque at The Music Box in Hollywood on July 10, 2010.

Star Wars Burlesque

Performer Sin Fisted as R2D2 in Fempire Strikes Back: Star Wars Burlesque at The Music Box in Hollywood on July 10, 2010.

Star Wars Burlesque

Daisy Meadows performs as Chewbacca in Fempire Strikes Back: Star Wars Burlesque at The Music Box in Hollywood on July 10, 2010.

Star Wars Burlesque